Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Elyot do to help recover from the triple use of their code?

2. Why does Amanda and Elyot send Louise home?

3. Where does Act II take place?

4. According to Elyot, what would his and Amanda's lives have been like had they not seen each other again?

5. After their tiff over affairs, what do Amanda and Elyot do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Amanda and Elyot's feelings differ on the abandonment of Sibyl and Victor?

2. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

3. What two things does Elyot do that annoy Amanda that leads up to their biggest fight?

4. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

5. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

6. At the end of Act II, why does Elyot calling "Sollocks" not work?

7. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

8. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

9. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

10. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The four main characters of this play are all from England, though the play itself is set in France. What is the purpose of setting the play in two different locations in France? Would it have changed the play to be set in a different country, including the one native to the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Could there be any social repercussions from having domestic violence shown in an amusing light? What would happen if Elyot slapping Amanda did not lead to humorous results? How is a woman being slapped funny in this context? If you do not find it funny, then what would realistically happen if Amanda and Elyot were to really fight that way? Is it ever alright to use this for comedy? You may cite examples from other movies, plays, or books to support your answer, but make sure to use it alongside the text of the play.

Essay Topic 3

Elyot claims that women are all manipulative and crafty. Do you believe that Amanda and Sibyl are particularly manipulative? If they both are manipulative, is it in the same way and to achieve the same goals? Why or why not? What is the point of the manipulations? Are Victor and Elyot manipulative as well?

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